TED Talks for Foodies

TED has curated a playlist called Talks for foodies. There are 8 talks with almost 2 hours of content. My favorite talks not only introduced me to new ingredients but also discussed ideas of sustainability.

“How can we create conditions that enable every community to feed itself?”

How I fell in love with a fish – Dan Barber

Dan Barber has two talks on this playlist. Both presentations spotlight farmers who produce top quality food ethically. Barber has a very engaging speaking style and I really enjoyed his videos.

“It’s a mind ripper.”

Cooking as alchemy – Ben Roche & Homaro Cantu

Roche and Cantu were the founders of Moto Restaurant and specialized in molecular gastronomy. The food experiments they discussed in the presentation looked creative and tasty. I was hoping to try it out the next time we were in Chicago, but the restaurant has since closed after Cantu’s death.

“We are all part of a solution.”

How can we eat our landscapes – Pam Warhurst

Warhurst isn’t a chef, but a volunteer who is clearly passionate about the Incredible Edible cause. After watching her lively speech I am excited to learn more about bringing shareable food into community spaces and implementing some of those ideas in Red Wing!

On top of all the excellent food knowledge I gained by watching these videos I also discovered the word unctuous. Try saying it out loud, it’s wonderful.

What is your favorite video from the list? Please share your thoughts in the comments!

Inspiration & Implementation: Project Management

Last week we were on vacation so it took a little longer than normal to get my inspiration board in place. These are the top resources I have pinned so far.

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  1. PMI website

The PMI website is full of excellent resources. As a member I have access to the PMBOK, webinars, and tools and templates. Professional organizations are always a great starting point when trying to grow your knowledge base and skill set.

2. Mountain Goat Software blog

Mike Cohn is a major contributor of the Scrum methodology. His blog is one of the few that I always read thoroughly. I find his thoughts on agile inspire me to keep striving for improvement with my team.

3. 15 Project Management Quotes to Live By

This infographic is wonderful. My favorite quote is “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

4. One Hundred Rules for NASA Project Managers

NASA is a proponent of modern project management, and I’ve pinned a couple of resources from their site. This list is a wealth of information. My favorite quote, “Rule 76: Know the resources of your center and, if possible, other centers. Other centers, if they have the resources, are normally happy to help. It is always surprising how much good help one can get by just asking.”

5. The lazy project manager

Clayton bought me this book when I first took on the PM role, and it is a terrific read. There are a number of great tips. I even printed out the “even quicker tips for the really lazy” and posted them at my desk! I would highly recommend this book.

Please share your best project management resource with me in the comments!

Documentary Details: Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead

I have been talking about our new healthy eating habit to pretty much anyone that will listen. A coworker was really excited by the idea, and told me I needed to watch the Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead documentary for inspiration. It is the story of one man’s adventures in juicing as a means to get down to a healthier weight, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I felt like Joe was very relate-able, even though he is more well off than the average viewer. His motivation for documenting his weight loss progress mirrors my own motivation for starting this blog. I also found him to be a very generous spirit and loved that he took some of the people he met on his travels under his wing. Finding liked minded people to help you on your journey is key!

I really liked that they showed health care professionals in the documentary, and that both Joe and Phil met with physicians before they started the “reboot.” It helped me see it as a viable option as opposed to a story about someone who starved themselves for two months. I don’t think I could do a 60 day challenge, but I am very interested in trying one of the shorter challenges.

Reboot With Joe is the companion website to the movie. I have saved the link for future reference since Clayton and I are motivated to try the 3 Day Plan. They also have modifications you can make to the plan that would accommodate blending instead of juicing. But we’ve got to finish our current habit before we take on a new one. Baby steps!

I’ve got Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2 on the docket for this weekend. Will you be giving it a go?

Inspiration and Implementation: Smoothies

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My smoothie inspiration board is starting to take shape. Here are the top resources I have pinned so far.

  1. Inspirational Instgramers

There are some really fancy smoothie photographs on Instagram. It has definitely inspired me to try and step up my photo-journal game. Some of the recipes I have tried have been successful, but mostly all of these enticing smoothie pictures keep me on track with my own daily habit.

2. Simple Green Smoothies

This website has a number of excellent smoothie recipes. They also run a 30-day challenge that sends you weekly emails with recipes, shopping lists, and interesting articles and reference material. The next challenge will start 01/01!

3. Quick Guides

I have pinned a number of quick guides, and they have certainly helped me when shopping for ingredients. I don’t always want to follow a specific recipe so it is good to have a general formula to follow. I have stuck pretty close to the 2 cups leafy greens, 1-2 cups of fruit, and 1 cup water.

4. Epica Stainless Steel Drinking Straws, Set of 4- Free Cleaning Brush Included

These stainless steel straws were a recommendation from my friend, Amy. My shipment is already on the way and I cannot wait to try them out. Another benefit of sharing my experiences online is the feedback, encouragement, and suggestions I get from friends and follower to help me build this habit.

Green smoothies are a very hot trend right now, and I am glad to have a place to house all of these great resources. Please share some of your favorite sites in the comments!

Inspiration and Implementation: Blogging

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I created a blog inspiration board on Pinterest. Out of all of the resources I pinned the 4 listed below have been the most useful in refining my blogging habit.

  1. Inspirational Blogs

The first thing I did when I decided to start a blog was make a list of all the blogs I like and read on a regular basis. Interesting Thing of the Day has been the biggest inspiration to me, because the breadth of topics they cover really speaks to my varied interests. They write about anything that happens to catch their fancy. I don’t love every topic, but I have been a loyal reader for years. They post on a consistent basis which means I always have something interesting to look forward to on uneventful days.

Critically reviewing the blogs that I find inspiring allows me to reflect on the goals I have for my own blog. Now I am reading them for their entertainment value and for ideas to improve the quality of my posts.

2. First Site Guide

The “Start a Blog” section of First Site Guide is very well done. I was drawn to the site because of their fun animation, and stayed for their comprehensive videos. I watched all of the videos in the first week of starting this blog and was able to get all my ducks in a row before I started posting.

3. Resource Libraries

I have found some very thorough resource libraries that I have been putting to good use. It’s hard to know what you don’t know so having access to the A-Z guides has given me a broad overview of topics I am sure will come in handy.

4. Creative Nonfiction

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction–from Memoir to Literary Journalism and Everything in Between by Lee Gutkind and the Creative Nonfiction magazine he founded have bee great resources for “true stories, well told.” I am trying to develop great content, but I also need to present it in a way that potential readers find compelling. I just started reading Gutkind’s book, but I can already tell it was a great choice!

The magazine is actually running an essay contest that might be a fun challenge for me. Building this habit is supposed to get me out of my comfort zone and I have never entered an essay contest before!

These resources have been extremely helpful in getting this blog off the ground. They have provided a great foundation for my blog and improved the content of my posts.

Do you have any great writing or blogging resources? Please share them in the comments below!

Inspiration and Implementation: Meditation

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My friends are sharing some great meditation resources with me, and my own research is turning up a number of great books, sites, videos, and imagery. I have created a Pinterest account dedicated to my new habits that will house all of the various media I am collecting so that I don’t lose track of anything. Listed below are the Top 5 Meditation Resources I have found so far.

  1. The Honest Guys

I have been following the Honest Guys for a few years now and they consistently produce high quality guided meditations. I really enjoy the guided meditations that have a purpose like Deep Relaxation or Breathing Exercise. However, their crowning achievement is their Middle Earth Meditation series. 10 guided meditations that transport you to the Shire! It really helped me to get into meditation last year because it was a unique experience, and I still felt relaxed and refreshed afterwards.

2.  Andy Puddicombe’s TED Talk: All it takes is 10 mindful minutes

This presentation really helps to demystify meditation, and his juggling analogy is wonderfully accessible. A friend from work sent me this link, and after I watched it I realized I had seen it before. It was even better the second time around.

3.  Fulfillment Daily

I am cultivating this habit for the practical benefits to my overall health and well-being. When I was researching different studies that objectively analyzed the benefits of meditation I found an article written by Emma Seppala who is the founder of Fulfillment Daily. The site was created “to inspire you with tools for a fulfilling life through science-backed news you can trust.” This is exactly the type of information I was searching for, and I have really enjoyed browsing through their posts.

4.  Insight Timer

This is the meditation app that Glenna, from the open meditation session I attended, shared with me. I have used this app almost daily for my meditation practice. The paid version of the app is well worth the $3 I spent. The bells are a great way to recenter, and I have started to dabble in the guided meditation section as well. Another neat feature allows you to see all the other people using the app around the world. Currently, there are 496 people meditating worldwide with Insight Timer.

5.  Let That Shit Go

This is a fun print that I found on Pinterest that really captures my goal for my meditation practice. I will be adding the shirt version to my incentive and plan to buy it after I hit the 66 day mark!

I hope you have found these resources as useful as I have! I will be sure to keep adding to my Meditation Monday board as I find new and interesting tools for my practice so be sure to follow along!